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SCAPE NAMES KIER TO DELIVER £1BN FRAMEWORK FOR PUBLIC SECTOR PROJECTS


cape is delighted to announce Kier as the sole contractor appointed to deliver a range of construction projects throughout the UK. As a local authority controlled company, Scape is at the forefront of driving down public sector building procurement costs. It already has a number of different national frameworks in place to achieve this, which can be accessed by any public sector body operating in the UK.


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In securing the contract for this latest Scape National Minor Works framework, Kier will be responsible for its delivery over four years. Valued at between £750m and £1bn during that period, it is estimated that Kier will carry out over 2,500 projects valued under £500,000 and over 350 projects valued between £500,000 and £2m. Projects will include refurbishment and new build works on every public sector building type including schools, town halls, leisure and community buildings, police and fire stations.


As Mark Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at Scape explained: “The appointment of Kier to what is our first £1bn framework and the only one in the UK to deliver a national offering for projects up to £2m is great news for public sector organisations. It means they can buy in


smaller scale construction work contracts without having to go through a costly and time consuming compliant procurement process. “This is beneficial in many ways. It not only means that public bodies can save money at a time when budgets are being squeezed, it also offers value for money for the taxpayer, greater economies of scale and sector expertise in delivery of client expectations.”


Kier Strategic Alliances Director Michael Edwards commented: “We are delighted that the benefits of the Kier approach have been recognised. Delivering through our nationwide network of local offices means we can create work for local SMEs who in turn can offer local employment and apprenticeship opportunities. “This, coupled with our national buying power and resources, will ensure that our local authority clients get value for money on all our Scape Minor Works projects, invigorating local economies, benefitting the SME supply chain and the local communities where we work.” The UK-wide projects, due to start before the end of


the year, will be delivered through Kier’s regional businesses which form a strategically placed network of locally based and managed offices throughout the UK. www.scapebuild.co.uk


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UTILITY CONNECTIONS AND DIVERSIONS – NEW BSRIA GUIDE This guide provides


comprehensive guidance and practical tools (including templates and checklists) to assist with planning, design and installation of utility services from the preparation stage to post-occupancy aftercare. It ties in with the eight work stages described in BSRIA BG


1/2009 Building Services Job Book.


The aim is


provide project managers, designers, contractors or


anyone else involved in the provision of utility services with the confidence to deliver a stress-free and successful installation.


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The key aspects to be considered when providing utility services include: • The physical issues including the planning and installation of materials such as cables, pipes and associated apparatus


• The service provision issues associated with the availability, capacity and security of the commodity at the point of supply Getting these aspects of the project right can be critical in ensuring the project is completed safely, on time, on budget and with minimal disruptions. Inadequate attention to such issues can lead to the oversizing or undersizing of services or unplanned outages. The guide will shortly be available to order at £50 full price or £25 to BSRIA members. www.bsria.co.uk


PUBLIC SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY • VOLUME 1 ISSUE 5


EDUCATION SECTOR BREATHES LIFE INTO UK’S GREEN ECONOMY A radical new system is being launched to help the UK’s universities and colleges survive the tumultuous changes in the sector – as well as providing a means to help institutions embed best practices in social responsibility and sustainability in their operations. Learning in Future


Environments (LiFE) has been specifically created with the direct input of sector leaders and support from all the funding councils to help universities and colleges manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and


sustainability performance. The LiFE index – unlike other sustainability


accreditation systems – gives


institutions an instinctive and easy to use performance management system that helps them directly improve and promote their activities – and allows universities and colleges to learn from, and share, best practice with one another.


LiFE has been developed by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) with the support of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Department for Employment and Learning of Northern Ireland (DELNI). The system focuses on four key areas – Leadership; Learning, Teaching and Research; Estates and Operations; and Partnership and Engagement. www.thelifeindex.org.uk


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